The plan to turn the former swimming pool in Montrose into a cinema has been given the green light by Angus Council.
The Montrose Playhouse Project had its planning permission for the disused pool on the Mall unanimously approved by Angus councillors.
David Paton, project founder, vice-chairman and architect, said: “I’m very happy that the plans have been approved. This is excellent news.
“It is good to see that the council are supporting our project and will also let the public see that this is a credible venture.”
Chairman Trevor Eakin said: “This is another tick in one of the many boxes on our checklist but is an important one for more than one reason.
“Not only does it give us the peace of mind but also is further proof of Angus Council’s backing of our proposal plus this will also allow us to start estimating further costs based on the approved planning.
“This is another major step forward towards our end goal and along with our preliminary business plan, feasibility study and stage two Community Asset Transfer application all currently in progress, it means that we have a lot of exciting developments in the pipeline.
“The positive response on our Facebook page has been overwhelming. Our post breaking the news of the planning permission is now most the viewed post on our page in months.
“It is good to know that our supporters and followers are very keen to know what is happening and further proves there is a need for a cinema in the area.”
He added: “It has come to our attention that some people are under the impression that we would only be showing older films or possibly DVDs, and that is most definitely not the case.
“The premise behind this project is to create a three-screen cinema which would show the latest releases, as well as live screenings, concerts and shows, such as ballet, opera and theatre productions.
“We want to prevent people from having to travel to Aberdeen or Dundee to see the latest Hollywood blockbusters.
“It is important that people in the area are aware that is not simply just going to be a cinema, it is our intention to have art exhibitions, meeting rooms and a relaxed atmospheric bar, cafe and restaurant.
Trevor concluded: “The positive response by local councillors also proves the benefit a picture house will bring to the area.”